adjective Date: 1972 able to take both a direct and an indirect object <
a ditransitive verb
ditransitive noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ditransitive — A ditransitive verb is one that appears to have two objects, as in He gave the baby a bottle (= He gave a bottle to the baby, with to suppressed) and They envied him his good fortune. Suppression of a preposition is less obvious when pronouns are …   Modern English usage

  • ditransitive — adjective technical a ditransitive verb has an indirect object and a direct object . Give in the sentence Give me the book. is ditransitive compare intransitive, transitive ditransitive noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ditransitive — di|tran|si|tive [ˌdaıˈtrænsıtıv, zı ] adj a ditransitive verb has an ↑indirect object and a ↑direct object. Give in the sentence Give me the book is ditransitive. →↑intransitive, transitive ↑transitive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ditransitive — UK [daɪˈtrænsətɪv] / US adjective linguistics a ditransitive verb has both a direct object and an indirect object. In the sentence Pour him some tea , pour is ditransitive …   English dictionary

  • ditransitive — di·tran·si·tive (dī trănʹsĭ tĭv, zĭ ) adj. Of or relating to a verb that takes or can take two objects, as begrudge in I don t begrudge you your good luck, or find in She found him a job. n. A ditransitive verb.   di·tran si·tivʹi·ty n. * * * …   Universalium

  • ditransitive — ¦dī¦ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ adjective ( s) Etymology: di + transitive of a verb : able to take both a direct and an indirect object • ditransitive noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • ditransitive — adjective Of a class of verbs which take both an object and an indirect object. An example is give, which entails a giver (subject), a gift (direct object) and a receiver (indirect object). See Also: ambitransitive, intransitive, transitive …   Wiktionary

  • ditransitive — [dʌɪ transɪtɪv, trα: , nz ] adjective Grammar denoting a verb that takes two objects, for example give as in I gave her the book …   English new terms dictionary

  • ditransitive — di·transitive …   English syllables

  • Ditransitive verb — In grammar, a ditransitive verb is a verb which takes a subject and two objects which refer to a recipient and a theme. According to certain linguistics considerations, these objects may be called direct and indirect, or primary and secondary.… …   Wikipedia

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